Gr 2-4 Both of these books present the wide and complex variety of life in an American pond and meadow. Plant, insect, bird, and mammal life are described, accompanied by excellent clear, crisp color photographs. The text is written in a terse, observational style, but unfortunately it tends to skip from subject to subject in a jarring manner. The lack of chapter divisions, a glossary, or an index further adds to the confusion, as well as limits the books' use for research. These are visually beautiful books and as an introduction to further study would work well. They could be added to a collection that already has Judith Court's Ponds and Streams (Watts, 1985) and Laurence Pringle's From Pond to Prairie (Macmillan, 1972; o.p.), both of which are more detailed and better organized. Elisabeth LeBris, Kenilworth Public School System, Ill.